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‘Indo-US ties have evolved into very deep partnership’

Bilateral ties would improve further under the next US President, says outgoing Indian envoy Arun K Singh

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Publish Date: Sep 1 2016 11:55AM | Updated Date: Sep 1 2016 1:11PM

‘Indo-US ties have evolved into very deep partnership’

 The Indo-US ties have progressed into a very deep partnership which is more than what is acknowledged, outgoing Indian envoy Arun K Singh has said.

He also voiced confidence that the bilateral ties would improve further under the next US President during an interview to news agency PTI in Washington.
“I think in many ways there is a very deep partnership more than what is generally acknowledged and recognised,” Singh, who retired on Wednesday was quoted as saying by the agency.
“There is a deep connection between India and the US,” Singh said, giving example of people-to-people relationship in mainly those in the Silicon Valley.
“Indian-origin tech companies, Indian-origin tech entrepreneurs are an integral part of the effort in the US in the digital technology where US is in the lead,” he said, adding that there is “a very deep” connection developing in business and technology which will have a longer term impact.
“There is a tremendous potential going ahead. We see similarity of values, whether we are looking at democracy, human rights. So with all that there is a sense in both countries that this is a relationship from which we both benefit,” he said.
“This is a relationship which is important in today’s global context where you see a lot of uncertainty, both economic, political; where you see violence, where you see terrorism; where you see approaches based on exclusion rather than multiculturalism and pluralism,” he said.
“So there is a lot of value in this relationship. So therefore as a diplomat between 2008-13 and since last year it has been fascinating being part of this process,” he added.
“When Prime Minister Narendra Modi was here in June, he had come here at the invitation of US President, but (House) Speaker Paul Ryan, who is a Republican, invited him to address Joint Session of the US Congress, which as anybody could see was a lot of energy, excitement and it went off very very well,” he said.
“I am confident that whoever is the next president and people around them would work to advance this relationship,” Singh said.
He said it is usually recognised that Indian diplomacy over a period of time has resulted “more and more impact”.